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Deacon King Kong: A Novel por James McBride
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Deacon King Kong: A Novel (edição 2021)

por James McBride (Autor)

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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--… (mais)
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Título:Deacon King Kong: A Novel
Autores:James McBride (Autor)
Informação:Riverhead Books (2021), 400 pages
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Deacon King Kong is an amazing book. After reading the first chapter I was not sure I was going to continue, could not keep track of the characters with names like Sportcoat and Hot Sausage. Nevertheless I plowed on and was richly rewarded. James McBride invited me into the world of Five Ends, an area of Brooklyn, population consisted mostly African Americans and public housing. I became invested in all the characters, with all their nuances, humor and real struggles. I liked the way the lives of the different characters intersected. Most will stay in my mind forever. ( )
  debann6354 | May 4, 2021 |
I wasn't sure I would like this but I did. It was a taste of my old Brooklyn, a meeting with some great characters who grew on me and some magical realism. We discussed in book club and I think everybody liked it. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Apr 22, 2021 |
The story begins in 1969 set in a housing project in Brooklyn NY. As the story progresses , the reader is introduced to the various ethnic groups that have populated this space, both past and present. The writing is dense in the beginning, but it opens up once the author turns to more dialog. Dialog is the king of this novel. The characters are rich and beautifully deep. The sense of place is vivid. The conversations between the main characters move the story in a realistic way revealing past history as well as forward motion. James McBride is a master of his art. ( )
  beebeereads | Apr 15, 2021 |
What a wonderful novel! McBride has written a wild ride of a story, plotted like a farce and full of comic but dignified characters, that is both a tragedy and a comedy; I don't really want to say more than that but I should say that some of the wildest and most disparate plot threads come together in. logical and almost foreseeable climax. I enjoyed every minute of this novel. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2021 |
A raucous story of mostly Black people in a housing projects neighborhood in Brooklyn. It was hard for me to get into it and keep track of all the characters and figure any story other than day to day troubles for the first half of the book, but in the last half the characters took on meaning and the story developed. ( )
  ZachMontana | Apr 6, 2021 |
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In a city where history is paved over and where the present landscape is defined by scaffolding bent toward an ever-developing future, this novel resists the usual nostalgia for a lost artists’ utopia. Instead, it animates a neighborhood scrimping by and revitalizes another nostalgic sore spot — that of community.
adicionada por pbirch01 | editarSeattle Times (Mar 25, 2020)
 
Beneath the characters and comedy is a story about how a community and its religious institutions can provide a center to keep things from falling apart completely.
adicionada por pbirch01 | editarWashington Post, Bethanne Patrick (Mar 9, 2020)
 

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Deacon Cuffy Lambkin of Five Ends Baptist Church became a walking dead man on a cloudy September afternoon in 1969. That’s the day the old deacon, known as Sportcoat to his friends, marched out to the plaza of the Causeway Housing project in South Brooklyn, stuck an ancient .45 Luger in the face of a nineteen-year-old drug dealer named Deems Clemens and pulled the trigger.
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"From James McBride, author of the National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird, comes a wise and witty novel about what happens to the witnesses of a shooting. In September 1969, a fumbling, cranky old church deacon known as Sportcoat shuffles into the courtyard of the Cause Houses housing project in south Brooklyn, pulls a .45 from his pocket, and in front of everybody shoots the project's drug dealer at point-blank range. The reasons for this desperate burst of violence and the consequences that spring from it lie at the heart of Deacon King Kong, James McBride's funny, moving novel and his first since his National Book Award-winning The Good Lord Bird. In Deacon King Kong, McBride brings to vivid life the people affected by the shooting: the victim, the African-American and Latinx residents who witnessed it, the white neighbors, the local cops assigned to investigate, the members of the Five Ends Baptist Church where Sportcoat was deacon, the neighborhood's Italian mobsters, and Sportcoat himself. As the story deepens, it becomes clear that the lives of the characters--caught in the tumultuous swirl of 1960s New York--overlap in unexpected ways. When the truth does emerge, McBride shows us that not all secrets are meant to be hidden, that the best way to grow is to face change without fear, and that the seeds of love lie in hope and compassion. Bringing to these pages both his masterly storytelling skills and his abiding faith in humanity, James McBride has written a novel every bit as involving as The Good Lord Bird and as emotionally honest as The Color of Water. Told with insight and wit, Deacon King Kong demonstrates that love and faith live in all of us"--

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